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Running head: 4-2 JOURNAL: HEALTH TRENDS14-2 Journal: Health TrendsGayla McCarthyPHE 540 Prin-Environmental HealthOctober 11, 2020Southern New Hampshire University
4-2 JOURNAL: HEALTH TRENDS24-2 Journal: Health TrendsIn the United States of America, thousands of oil spills tend to happen all the time. There has been a total of 44 oil spills that have occurred in American water since 1969 (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, n.d.). However, there are three oil spills that stick out from the rest. These oil spills are the 1969 Santa Barbara offshore explosion, the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill in Alaska, and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. During these three devastating oil spills, over 4 million gallons of oil were spilled in the 1969 explosion, 11 million gallons of oil in the 1989 tanker spill, and over 134 million gallons of oil inthe Gulf of Mexico. Between the years of 1980-2002, there were significant oil spill trends that changed how oil spills are viewed now. These many trends, according to the EPA, consisted of the “average